futurology

[fyoo-chuh-rol-uh-jee]
noun
the study or forecasting of trends or developments in science, technology, political or social structure, etc.

Origin:
1945–50; future + -o- + -logy

futurological [fyoo-cher-uh-loj-i-kuhl] , adjective
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futurology (ˌfjuːtʃəˈrɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the study or prediction of the future of mankind
 
futur'ologist
 
n

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futurology
1946, from future + -ology.
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